Merged VR: Augmented Reality Cubed

There is considerable development activity at the high end of hardware and content creation for virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as such AR aliases as mixed reality, extended reality and others. Most industry investment is aimed at leading-edge gaming and industrial application development. However, the low-end of the market is also worth looking at, to see how people and institutions without big budgets — consumers and education — might adopt these technologies sooner, rather than waiting years for all the advancements to trickle down to lower price points.…

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Jio Phone, Free With Rs. 1,500 Deposit, Unlimited 4G Data 2017

JioPhone made a splash at the Reliance AGM on Friday as Mukesh Ambani took the covers off the long-rumoured 4G feature phone. The handset, introduced as “India ka Smartphone” and launched at an “effective price” of Rs. 0 (though buyers will have to shell out a refundable, upfront deposit of Rs. 1,500 for the device). JioPhone will be crucial for the company in tapping the estimated 50 crore feature phone users who have not been able to join the Jio 4G bandwagon because of the high costs associated with smartphones. Although Reliance…

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Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple

Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P — the first Chromebook to get the upgrade — is an impressive example of what will come with the hybrid integration of Chrome OS and Android apps. The performance is not flawless, but many of the apps work well enough to offer a nonplussed working experience. The Google Chrome OS developer team last month released the…

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Art, History and 3D Printing 2017

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, last month debuted its Reboot Reality exhibit, which includes numerous installations with an interactive component. Visitors can don Occulus VR headsets to appreciate classical works of art in virtual reality — a completely new museum experience. There long has been a debate on what constitutes “art” — and opinions have differed as to how music, film, radio and TV fit in. The debate in recent years has focused on video games, and there are compelling arguments both in support of and…

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Apple Centers Health Data Strategy on iPhone 2017

Apple quietly has been strategizing to expand its growing healthcare business to include the management of digital health records, with the iPhone operating as a central data hub, CNBC reported last week. Apple has been in talks with numerous health industry groups that are involved in setting standards for the storage and sharing of electronic medical records, in a way that would help consumers gain more control over their private medical information, according to the network. The plan appears to be a natural extension of Apple’s recent health industry strategy,…

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Nubia M2 Play with Snapdragon

ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia has unveiled another variant of it’s M2 smartphone dubbed the Nubia M2 Play through its website. The same global Nubia M2 Play variant will soon launch in India as well. In terms of specifications, the Nubia M2 Play boasts of a 5.5-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) LCD display with 274ppi pixel density. Inside, it packs an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (MSM8940) SoC coupled with Adreno 505 GPU. It is backed by 3GB of RAM. The internal storage is 32GB and features a microSD card expansion…

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) smartphone was first unveiled in January this year. The smartphone is priced at Rs 28,990 in India. Samsung has been the largest smartphone vendor in India thanks to its strong offline presence and a vast portfolio of devices across various price-raia. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) was launched along side Galaxy A5 (2017) as well. We used Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), and here’s what we think of the device in our review. Samsung Galaxy A5 (20017) specifications: 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) | 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 7880 processor…

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Tech on TV: A Little Realism Goes

Watching TV shows often requires the suspension of disbelief — that is, a willingness to press pause on one’s critical faculties in order to believe the unbelievable. Realism often must be secondary to story, in other words. This very often is necessary when computers are used to advance plot lines, when programmers and hackers alike can bang away on their keyboards and produce tremendous results in seconds. One need look no further than such shows as The Blacklist or Scorpion, which feature keyboard cowboys who can hack into systems at…

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Microsoft Partners Heed Mixed-Reality Call

Microsoft on Wednesday showcased a new series of mixed reality headsets from partner firms Acer, HP, Asus, Dell and Lenovo at Computex 2017. The preview marked the company’s commitment to establish Windows 10 as a leading driver of mixed reality capabilities, as well as to open up the market to a wider variety of price points and consumer demographics. “These devices, coming to market this holiday, use Microsoft’s platform to enable a single and consistent user interface, standardized inputs and a universal app platform for developers,” noted Peter Han, vice…

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You Know About 3D Printer New Upcoming Technology

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, last month debuted its Reboot Reality exhibit, which includes numerous installations with an interactive component. Visitors can don Occulus VR headsets to appreciate classical works of art in virtual reality — a completely new museum experience. There long has been a debate on what constitutes “art” — and opinions have differed as to how music, film, radio and TV fit in. The debate in recent years has focused on video games, and there are compelling arguments both in support of and…

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Zenbo Home Robot

Asus recently unveiled a family robot that can serve as a home healthcare assistant, control connected devices in the smart home, monitor security, perform various online tasks, and function as a playmate, among other things. Asus’ Zenbo made its debut at last month’s Computex computer show. At the same time, Asus launched a program that provides devs with access to the Zenbo SDK. Zenbo will be priced at US$600, but Asus did not announce when it will be available to consumers. “This is following the trend of personal robots building…

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Xbox One X: More Speed

Microsoft earlier this week announced the next version of its Xbox line of gaming consoles, ahead of E3 2017, now ongoing in Los Angeles. The new Xbox One X, which goes on sale Nov. 7 for US$499, is slimmer than previous models and packed with power. With a 6-teraflop Scorpio engine, the One X has 40 percent faster graphics performance than its chief rival, Sony’s PS4 Pro. The custom Scorpio engine in the Microsoft box burns chrome at 1172 MHz — a 37 percent increase over its predecessor, Xbox One,…

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Samsung’s Tizen OS Get Security Hole

Hackers could exploit the vulnerabilities found in Samsung’s Tizen operating system to gain remote access and control of a variety of the company’s products, Amihai Neiderman, head of research at Equus Software, told Motherboard. Neiderman presented his findings at a security conference sponsored by Kapersky Lab. Tizen is running on some 30 million smart TVs, as well as on Samsung’s Gear smartwatches and on phones in a limited number of countries, including Russia, India and Bangladesh, according to the Motherboard report. Samsung plans to have 10 million Tizen phones in…

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The Grim Upward Trajectory of Mobile Fraud Cases in 2017

Brick-and-mortar retail’s downward spiral appears to be accelerating. More than 8,600 retail locations will shut down this year, following the 5,077 that closed last year, based on data from Credit Suisse. Moreover, 2017 could surpass 2008 — the worst year for retail closures on record — when 6,163 stores shut down operations. However, unlike 2008, when overall consumer spending declined with the onset of a global recession — the worst economic downturn since the end of World War II — today’s shop killer is online commerce, notably sales made on…

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Kaspersky to US Check Source Code

Cybersecurity expert Eugene Kaspersky has volunteered to turn over his company’s software source code to allay fears about possible ties with the Russian government, The Australian reported last week. Kaspersky made the offer public at CeBIT Australia.Some U.S. officials have expressed concerns that Kaspersky Lab might have a close working relationship with the Russian government.   Kaspersky five years ago replaced a number of high-level managers with people who had ties to Russia’s military or intelligence services, Bloomberg reported in 2015. Some of them reportedly have provided data from the…

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Google Calendar Offers Life-Coaching Goals In Feature

Google last week rolled out Goals in Google Calendar, a feature designed to help users achieve their personal goals. Users set a goal, such as working out more often, and answer relevant questions, such as how often they want to work out and the best time for them to do so. Calendar then will sift through their schedules and select the best time to allocate for the task. Calendar uses artificial intelligence, so it will get better at scheduling the more often it’s used, the company said. “With this launch,…

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